Monday, October 12, 2015

Progeny Press : Stone Fox Review

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Reading is a huge part of our homeschool. Boo Bear has loved to hear stories since he was very little. (He'd rather listen to them than read them, but we're working on that). To fuel our love of reading, we recently received the Progeny Press downloadable digital study guide for Stone Fox. I hate to admit I've never heard of this story before but knew Boo Bear would enjoy it since it was dealing with animals. I was right! 
Progeny Press Review
Progeny Press offers a vast amount of study guides for literature to help your child, and sometimes you, grasp all the concepts these rich, full books have to offer. Whether you need to breathe some new life into your literature curriculum, or you're just wanting to dive more into a particular book, these guides can help you do that and so much more!

What it is: The Stone Fox study guide has a wealth of information for you to use while you're reading the book. The guide offers items such as background information on the location, notes about the author, and maps to assist you in showing your child where they are learning about. 

The guide itself is broken down in segments based on two chapters at a time. In each section  you find activities that range from looking up vocabulary words to learning the difference in synonyms and antonyms. Each section also asks questions about what your child just read to make sure they have a good understanding of what is taking place in the story. This guide is rated for upper elementary students and Progeny Press has a variety of age groups available.

How we used it: We printed off our entire downloadable guide and started reading the book right away. If you have Adobe 9 on your computer, you can actually open up the guide, allow your child to type in the answers, and save it on the computer. I just had my hubby print it out for me so we could take it wherever we were. We also checked this book out at our local library as we did not have it at our home. 

We would tag team read where I'd read a page or two and Boo Bear would read some. This seems to help him want to read more and gives him a break so he doesn't feel overwhelmed. 

After we read the certain chapters for the study guide, we would then talk about the activities together. Sometimes I let him do the worksheets on his own and others I'd ask him the questions and write the answers he gave down. He's a typical boy and doesn't like to write a lot so oral questions help us both get through the day. 

At the end of the guide you'll find the answer key in case you're unsure of the answers. There's also a section of resources that are related to the book and topic you're reading about. Ours was a story about a young boy and a dogsled team so we have resources listed to learn more about that topic. It also shares a long list of other books that you might be interested in.

In all honesty that's a huge help to Mama. I am always unsure of what we should be reading or what books are out there. Boo Bear typically picks out non-fiction animal books when we hit the library so I don't always remember the classics I should. 

What we thought: We both enjoyed the book and the guide together. I like the fact that Progeny Press helps me dig deeper into great literature with Boo Bear without me having to come up with the questions. (yes. I admit it. I want things pre-made for me sometimes.) The guides are very thorough and you learn much more than just about the story. You're learning grammar, vocabulary, how to think about what you read, and so much more!!! 

If you're looking for a new way to dive into a novel or classic literature, these Unit Study Workbooks are the way to go. These are such an awesome to learn a vast amount of items, all by just reading one book at a time. 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thankful Thursday, Even if You Don't Feel Like It

Today's thankful Thursday comes from a torn heart. One that is going to be honest with you guys for a few minutes. Is that okay? I want to be transparent. I want to show that even when things aren't going the way I think they should, that I still have things to be thankful for. I can still praise Him and thank Him for everything I do have and know the things I do not have right now, are because that's His plan.

So, even though I'm heading through a time that I'm uncertain about and things aren't quite what I had pictured in my mind... I'm still thankful!

490. For new doors opening where other doors have closed for a time.

491. For God's peace, love, and compassion that is shown through the people around me.

492. For finding guidance, confirmation, and understanding in His word.

493. For His amazing creation and the time I get to share it with my family.

494. For an amazing family that supports me and lifts me up when I'm not my normal cheerful self.

495. For great friends who make me laugh.

496. For field trips

497. For beautiful fall days with perfect temperatures

498. For fall festivals, Halloween, and upcoming holidays

499. For the blessing of this blog. This weekend I'll get to visit two places for free as a chance to share about them on the blog. This blog has taken me places I've never imagined I could go before. I'm so very blessed and thankful for the outlet it provides, the fun and exciting adventures it takes us on, and the opportunity to share the love of God with others.

So remember. Even if you're going through something rough right now. Even if you really don't feel like praising or counting your blessings. Even when it seems hard to find them. Count them anyway. Start looking around you. Did you wake up this morning? Did you just breathe? That's a blessing.

Start counting. Start praising and continue praising even when the storms roll in. God is setting things up and He's not worried. Be blessed!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thankful Thursday

480. I'm thankful for October. While it is crazy, busy, wacky, when will we stop... I love it. This is our favorite time of year!

481. For giggles with my kiddo. Uncontrollable outbursts of giggle fits.

482. For science classes my kiddo can really get into. This month's theme is photography. He's super excited as he got a camera for his birthday.

483. For finding classes nearby that boo Bear loves. It gives him a break and me a break but he's still learning. It helps us both and I can see his progress each week.

484. For awesome praise and worship songs for kiddos. We had a blast listening to this new CD we are reviewing and can't wait to share it with you soon!

485. For thrift store finds. Yes I'm a thrift store shopper. Do you know what kind of stuff you can find there? I found a skirt I've been looking for for years yesterday for $1.50. That is an amazing blessing!!!

486. For a great group of folks at church that are ready and willing to step up, help out, and share the love of God with the community we are in.

487. Exciting projects coming up. I'm learning how to use my hubby's power tools and we are getting to work on them together :).

488. Our silly dog. She's such a blessing to us and she never ceases to keep us giggling.

489. For sunny weather after all the rain we've had.

What are you thankful for this week? Have a great weekend ahead and be blessed!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Middlebury Interactive Languages : Elementary French 1 Review

Bonjour! Learning a new language is fun and exciting! We recently received the Middlebury Interactive Languages course Elementary French 1, for 3rd-5th graders. 
 Middlebury Interactive Languages Review
Middlebury offers digital classes where your student can be immersed in the language they choose. We chose French as our language for this review product as we both wanted to try something new. We received, for this review, the six month access subscription to the French 1 lessons. Some of the other languages you'll find available include Spanish and German. The courses go all the way up to high school level and can easily be fit into your current homeschool curriculum. 

What we used: We worked with the French program a few times a week. I printed out the vocabulary for the week's lessons before we got started. Boo Bear would spend around 15 minutes or so on a lesson or go longer if he was into the current unit. When you sign into the program you'll find a calendar with each of the lessons planned out for you. As you finish a lesson completely, you'll see a check mark on the day's assignments. This allows you to see how far your child has progressed through the program at a glance. 

Boo Bear would sign in each time and work on that current day's assignments. There are several videos per day and each are just a few minutes long. The program provides a story-line throughout the lesson so that each day your child is building on what they learned the day before. The story continues throughout the semester, each time adding in more of the French and less English. 

We started out learning the greetings in French. We listened to the story of Red Riding Hood while learning how to say hello, goodbye, see you soon, etc. 

The pages offer interactive lessons where your child will select the right French word for the English translation and vice versa. You'll find that the basics of the lesson are about the vocabulary words in French but there are also grammar lessons and cultural teachings in them as well. 

What we thought: This program is very nicely structured and it makes it easy to learn the new language. I was learning right along with him. I love the fact that I could go in ahead of time and print out the vocabulary words for that lesson. This helped him to study them and see them on a daily basis,whether we did the computer program or not that day. We could take these with us anywhere we wanted so he could go over them and keep them on-hand. 

We enjoyed working with this online language learning program and I'd recommend it if you're looking for a program for your home. It makes it easy to add in an online language course for your current homeschool program you already have in place. A few minutes a day and you will love hearing a new language around the house. 

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Week in Review: Lots of Running, Some Field Trips, and Fun!

Park Day!!
This week was a fun week for us. We have had field trips, visits with friends, classes, and a calm day or two spread out in there.

We started our week last Friday with Boo Bear's first visit to a high school football game. He had a blast running around with friends and seeing this exciting game in person. I was in the band in high school so it was fun for me to watch the bands and get in some cheering for the high school team. Go Tigers!!

In school we kept right on keeping on with our subjects.  Boo Bear really is enjoying the Florida History PACES we are doing. I am too as I'm learning somethings about our state I never knew.

His math is progressing along nicely and we'll be done with this review chapter soon. He's working hard and I'm very proud of his progress so far. We didn't really take a break during summer so we are enjoying a breaks during the week every once in a while now.

We went on a field trip this week to the local Pizza Hut where the kids got a behind the scenes look at what it takes to get their favorite food to the table.
They had a blast learning how it all works and then they got to make their own pizza and put it through the oven. They even received Junior Pizza Maker certificates at the end. It was a nice time to hang out with friends and learn at the same time.

We had our art class and drama class this week. Science comes back next week so we are excited about that. This month's theme for the class is on photography so he's super excited. He received his first real digital camera for his birthday so he can't wait to learn some tips and tricks.

In blogging news I received some new review stuff this week and I have a new review out today you should check out. The new book we are about to use is called Eat Your Science Homework. Here's a sneak peek at it...

That one is going to be fun. We checked out some awesome games that you can view by clicking here. They were loads of excitement!

We found a new park this week too and boy we can't wait for the weather to cool down some. Boo Bear had a blast but we both lasted about 15 minutes before the heat go to us.

This weekend will be a nice time at home with friends coming over and church on Sunday. Maybe a surprise or two thrown in for us to do. Not sure yet.

So what did your week look like? Did you have tons of fun or was it a normal fun week? Have a great weekend and check out the link up for more weeks in review.

Check out These Fantastic Games With The USAopoly Review!!

Games are a fun way to learn, explore, and practice the skills your children have already learned. Learning through play is always a great way to relieve some of the monotony that can happen when you're homeschooling. Here we love to play a variety of games so when we received the USAopoly review we were ecstatic! 
 USAopoly Review

We received two games for this review. The first one is called Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone
The second one is Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game. Both of these are a hit here and we couldn't wait to share them with you guys! 

Since the early 90's USAopoly has been creating games and puzzles such as these for your entire family to enjoy. We love games here and try to incorporate a family game night as much as possible. So let me share with you about these awesome additions to our game repertoire. 

Tapple is a word game geared for ages 8 and up and you can have up to eight players playing at one time. The game consists of the Tapple "board" and a card deck with suggestions for topics. The cards feature an easier category side and one that is a little harder to figure out. 
 USAopoly Review
Categories range from things like animals, movies, sports, etc for you to choose from. Once you have a category start the timer in the middle of the board and try to name something in that category that starts with a letter on the game piece. But wait! There are some letters you may think of that are not on the board!!! That was a hard one for me. I would come up with answers and the letter was taken or not there. Ahh!!! The excitement! 
Once you start the timer you have 10 seconds to name your guess and then pass it on to the next player. If you can't name one in that time period, you're out and the game keeps going with that category until you're out of words. The last man standing wins that card. 

Boo Bear and I both learned that daddy is a much better wordsmith than either of us. He beat us, bad. All of the times we played together.... Boo Bear said he liked this one best but let me tell you about the one I liked...

So to put this in my kiddo's words, this is like one of our favorite card games and Jenga all rolled into one game. It's a blast!!! This game is also geared for ages 8 and up. Each player receives seven cards to use to know how they should build the Wonky tower. There are nine colored blocks with three different sizes to choose from. Your cards will tell you what move you can make or what piece you must add to the tower. 
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There are cards where you can pick the size and color you use to build the tower or ones that give you specific pieces and colors to use. You also have cards that allow you to pass on your turn if you don't want to to do anything or to reverse the order of play. As each piece is added you wait for three seconds to make sure your tower doesn't fall before heading on to the next person. 

Boo Bear and I had a lot of fun with this and we're planning to take daddy down in this game! Of course our tower didn't go very high yet because we kept knocking it over, BUT, we are practicing ! 

This one was my favorite I believe as it was a lot of fun waiting to see if your tower will stand or if it's going to fall over. 

While you might be thinking oh this is easy. The blocks just stack neatly, right? Nope... USAopoly adds a twist as the blocks are not exactly evenly shaped. So your tower might stand better with the three large on bottom, or it might not. How can you get it to stand? Will you be the one to knock it over? 
What we thought...
We loved both of these games here and they have gotten quite a lot of play time in our house. We are taking Wonky with us today to a friends house to enjoy and see who will knock the tower over. Both of these are tons of fun and get lots of giggles going from all the family. I would highly recommend these as gifts for the upcoming holidays, birthdays, or just-because days. They are a hit here and I'm sure you'll love them too!
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thankful Thursday...

470. Bacon. I'm thankful for bacon. Yes.I. Am. : )

471. For my hard working hubby.

472. For amazing homeschool friends and group field trips. We got to take one this week where Boo Bear was a Junior Pizza Maker. Awesome visit!

473. For finding a really cool park this week. We aren't too familiar with all the parks in our area since  we moved. This one is awesome and once it cools down I'm sure we'll visit lots!!!

474. For first high school football game experiences. I love our town and our church family. We spent the evening with our Pastor's family and had a blast at Boo Bear's first experience of a high school football game. Can't wait to go more!

475. For weight loss progress. What a feeling when your hubby has to take a double take and wonders how long they've been at work because of how you look. That beats any number on a scale I may or may not see. Having him notice makes it even better!!! :)

476. For amazing blood sugar numbers.

477. For fun activities coming up that we get to do for free to review them! I never thought almost 7 years ago when I started blogging I would get to do all that I do. I'm so thankful for this opportunity God opened up to me!

478. For finding Boo Bear's niche for now. I may have said this recently but I love that he loves what he's doing!

479. For the fall. It means cooler weather, football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas... Lots of fun!!!

So what are you thankful for this week? Count your blessings and you'll be amazed at how better you feel!!!